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  • I have been working on, playing with, this piece for cowbird for awhile and today, it jelled as it related to a question posted on the site for Agents of Conscious Evolution in Barbara Marx Hubbard's Birth 2012 and The Shift Movement.

    The brain can be working on auto pilot and we need to switch on the critical thinking, the creative intuition, and plain old common sense, and all of this being filtered through the compassion, peace, and love of the heart which = wisdom. This is very important to explore. How do we activate/motivate and facilitate/midwife this awakening?. I begin with myself. It ripples out to others……….

    We are on a mission, and we will be more effective if we engage people at the level of evolution that they reside at, so this is where we use our critical, creative intuition, through heart, and here is a good place to explore this.

    Examples, a few years ago I was being transported by a man who began the conversation with "What do you think about all that Gore crap on global warming?" I replied, "Well, the ice caps are melting on Mars, so it could be the whole solar system that is warming, but we certainly may be contributing to it, and even if we aren't contributing to it, we all deserve to breath clean air, drink healthy water and eat healthy food, not have the tops blown off I think it's good that we are realizing we are turning Earth into a garbage dump and it's time to clean it up. He agreed with me.

    Perhaps we engage them in activities that wake them up, and Green Art and Artists is a good way to capture attention. Another example, all the classes that I teach have a discussion component on Pyramids and Red Headed Mummies, Repatriating Stolen Art, and Green Art. This takes them from the early civilizations and their origins, to morality and values, to our era of disregard for Earth and what artists are doing about changing this.

    One of the classes I teach is an art methods and materials class for students who will become elementary teachers. One day, two different students did their presentation on artists who use recycled plastic bottles in their art by cleaning up beaches, etc. When they had both finished their presentations, I walked up to the front of the room, picked up my stainless steel water container and looked around the room at all the plastic bottles sitting in front of nearly every student. I pointed this out to them, that the artist's objective was to make us aware of plastic, that it's made of oil and we are running out, that it uses a lot of water to manufacture, we are running out of clean drinking water, that there is a plastic goop island the size of Texas floating in the Pacific and sea animals are dying from ingesting the plastic. I asked one student what a bottle of water cost, about $1.25 she said. Well lets multiply that by 365 days a year, and sometimes you might drink two a day, that's a plane ticket to Hawaii (which of course leaves a big carbon footprint, but it got their attention) and led to more discussion.

    Perhaps our mission is to educate the public, booths like a county fair with green art and green sustainable projects and products and books and……

    Just my point of view this morning.

    This is an old piece of my art from the late 70's and I was still waking up (I am still waking up, minute by minute). We went on a Caribbean cruise that stopped in St. Lucia with the black sands beach and I picked up a handfull and stuck it in a little container. Later that day when we were having lunch, I ran across a little local one page newspaper with an article on how tourists were taking black sand home with them and the black sand would disappear one day (and I picked it up where it was laying in the street as trash). So I made a collage with the article and the black sand when I returned, and it was a profound awakening that every little thing we do has an influence.
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